|Home | Articles | News | Blog | About | Mailing List | Resources | Prominent Islamists | Middle East Forum | Keep Us Informed | Donate|
Witness may be required to remove niqab while testifying: top court
by Kirk Makin
A Muslim witness may be required to remove her niqab veil to testify in court depending on the seriousness of the case and the sincerity of her religious beliefs, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday.
The decision means that a Toronto sexual assault trial that was halted during the preliminary inquiry stage will resume, now that the trial judge has instructions on how to assess the complainant's request to testify from behind her veil.
In its 4-3 decision, the court said there are times when even a significant religious belief must bow to other social and legal concerns.
Note: The content of external articles does not necessarily reflect the views of Islamist Watch.